Blessed Romero ‘another brilliant star’ belonging to church of Americas

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (CNS) — Some thought this day would never arrive. Others hoped and some always knew it would. On May 23, the Catholic Church, beatified Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero y Galdamez, of El Salvador, who was assassinated in 1980 while celebrating Mass, just a day after pleading and ordering soldiers to stop…

Archbishop Romero: Symbol of church leaders’ efforts to protect flocks

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero, who will be beatified in San Salvador May 23, has become a symbol of Latin American church leaders’ efforts to protect their flocks from the abuses of military dictatorships. However, his life and the 35 years it took the Vatican to recognize him as a martyr also…

Catholics’ clash over U.S.-Salvadoran policy in Romero’s time recalled

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The upcoming beatification of Archbishop Oscar Romero has inspired many U.S. Catholics to book flights to El Salvador for the May 23 ceremony in San Salvador. The long hoped-for event has also reminded many that Catholics and other religious groups implored the U.S. government to change its policy toward the Salvadoran government…

Archbishop Romero and the Spirit of Palm Sunday

By David Gibson Catholic News Service Palm Sunday 1980 still is remembered as the day of the assassinated Archbishop Oscar Romero’s funeral, celebrated on the steps of Holy Savior Cathedral in El Salvador’s capital city of San Salvador. Six days earlier, Archbishop Romero had been shot and killed while celebrating Mass at the altar of…

Archbishop Romero ‘discovered’ Jesus in the poor, says Archbishop Gomez

LOS ANGELES (CNS) — More than 3,000 people filled the pews of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Angels in Los Angeles March 22 for a Spanish Mass, celebrated by Archbishop Jose H. Gomez, to mark the anniversary of the assassination of Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero. “My brothers and sisters, today we are celebrating Archbishop…

Salvadorans jubilant about beatification of Archbishop Romero

SAN SALVADOR (CNS) — Seated beside the tomb of Archbishop Oscar Romero, Daysi Iraheta shows enormous joy at the Vatican announcement of his beatification. It’s a feeling shared across the small Central American country. “I had faith that this day would finally come,” Iraheta, 77, told Catholic News Service, in the crypt of the Cathedral…